Dáil committee asks banks to appear at fodder meeting

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The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Agriculture will reconvene ahead of schedule on September 4 to discuss fodder and drought issues.

Chair of the Committee and Fine Gael TD for Carlow -Kilkenny, Pat Deering, told the Farming Independent that credit will be a key topic of discussion at the event along with fodder importation.

“We are acutely aware of the need to prepare for the winter ahead and we must ensure there is no shortage of fodder,” he said.

“This year’s significant weather events have impacted all farmers, and I have been in constant communication with Minister Creed, highlighting the concerns of the farming community.”

Mr Deering added that he aims for bank representatives to speak at the meeting to discuss how proactive they are being with regard to aiding farmers with their cashflow during the current difficulties..

The results of the next Teagasc fodder census will also inform the committee as to what action can best be taken to help farmers, he added.

This decision to reconvene the committee follows calls by Fianna Fáil party members that an emergency meeting of the committee be called to avoid an impending fodder crisis. Fianna Fáil spokesperson for agriculture, Charlie McConalogue, said that action needed to be taken early as farmers are already experiencing cashflow difficulties.


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However, Mr McConalogue expressed his disappointment that the meeting won’t take place for another two weeks.

“I am extremely disappointed that the Committee will not meet until next month, given the seriousness of the situation facing farmers.

“There appears to be no sense of urgency on the part of the Minister. This is exactly what happened last year but farmers will not survive another harsh winter unless a plan is implemented in the coming weeks,” Deputy McConalogue said.

Fianna Fáil’s Jackie Cahill added that the meeting needed to be brought forward.

“We have laid out a 12-point plan to avert the impending fodder crisis, which was published last month.

“While the Minister has adopted some of the measures, we need to see him embrace the plan as a whole if we are to prevent a repeat of last winter.”

Joint Committee to convene early to discuss winter action plan

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